AP Dolphins Volunteer Jobs Sign Ups 2023

Volunteer Job Sign Ups Will Be Announced At A Later Date. Please Check Back For Details!



Job Sign Ups

Our swim team runs because of you, our wonderful parent volunteers! Each family is required to sign up for four or five specific jobs for meets during the regular season depending on how many jobs there are to fill for that particular season.  In addition, all families participating in Championships will be required to sign up for jobs that weekend as well. Please look at the meet schedule on our website and consult your calendars. Job sign-ups will be conducted on-line on the Team Unify website.  The jobs sign-up dates and the final number of required jobs each family will need to sign up for for the season will be determined at a later date and an email will be sent out detailing everything a few weeks prior to the sign-up date.

$300 Deposit & Priority Registration Forfeit

Each year we strive to make sure that every family does their fair share. Yet inevitably, a few people simply do not show up for their assigned meet jobs, resulting in more work for their fellow parents. Therefore, during registration families are required to have on file an active credit card in their family's Team Unify account. At the end of the season, if a family's required volunteer shifts were not completed, your family account will be charged $300. In addition, your family will forfeit their priority registration for the following swim season. 

You may trade jobs with other parents, but it is your responsibility to ensure that your job is covered. You must also inform the Job Coordinator of the trade.

Job Descriptions


The home team is responsible for providing the meet announcer. The announcer’s job is to announce each event by event number and description, and to inform swimmers when to report to the ready bench and/or the pool.

Colorado Timing Equipment Operators and Back-up  The Colorado Timing Equipment Back-up will work closely with the Colorado Timing Equipment Operator as an "apprentice" learning how the system works.  It is the hope of the Board of Directors that two people who work this job may want to take on the position of operator full time in 2021.  If you are interested in doing that, please contact one of our Board members.   

Head Timer & Lane Timers

The home team provides the head timer who is responsible for organizing lane timers at each home meet. The Head Time is a position pre-filled by the Board.  This volunteer commits to all home meets, and Head Timer shifts at Champs, as needed. 

The home team and visiting team must each provide 9 lane timers in a 6 lane pool. The head timer distributes all timing equipment, assures all equipment is operating properly and assigns all timers to individual lanes prior to the start of the meet.  Lane Timers are assigned to a lane for their shift by the Head Timer where they will operate the wireless Dolphin system stopwatches and/or regular electronic stopwatch. Experience needed: none!  


At home meets, the hospitality volunteer provides refreshments to timers, coaches, scorers, ribbon writers, stroke and turn judges, announcers, and other deck officials who cannot leave the pool deck. Experience needed: none!

Lane Writer

One of the Lane Timers in each lane will also double as a Lane Writer where they will record the swimmers’ times onto the official lane cards as determined by the lane timer who operates the electronic stopwatch.  Experience needed: none!

Meet Referee

The Meet Referee acts as decision-maker in disputes over placing, disqualification or other problems that may arise.  This is a board filled position.    

Ready Bench

Responsible for organizing swimmers in the ready bench area. A list of events, swimmers, heat numbers and lane assignments are given to the ready bench coordinator at the beginning of each meet. Each team is responsible for organizing its swimmers correctly by event and lane. The ready bench workers for both teams assure that each swimmer goes to the correct lane at the time of his/her event.  Experience needed:  none!

Ribbon Writer

Each team is responsible for providing at least one ribbon writer. After ribbon labels have been printed by the computer, the ribbon writers place the labels on the ribbons and then store the ribbons in a separate box for each team at the time of his/her event.  Experience needed: none!

Data Entry/ Runner

The home team provides runners who carry completed event cards from the lane timers to the scorers, and who also provide blank event cards to the lane timers.  Experience needed: none!


Set-up volunteers are responsible for setting up equipment, tables, and chairs for home meets. These jobs are typically pre-filled by the Board to make sure everything is set-up and in place well before the start of our home meets so that our meets start on time.  Set-up volunteers are available Friday evenings before each home meet, and early Saturday mornings the day of the meet.  We also rely on our set-up team for the Championship weekend to help set-up the meet with other teams.

Computer Operator

Operates the computer scoring system and software at each home meet.  Also, updates the meets results as the meet progresses and posts results on the team website.  This is a Board filled position.  We are looking for an interested volunteer to share this position this season! If you're interested in this job, please contact one of our Board members.  


The home team is responsible for providing the starter. This person must have participated in a starting clinic put on by the league.  This position is normally pre-filled by the Board.  If you're interested in this position, please contact one of our Board Members.

Stroke and Turn Judge

Three stroke and turn judges are required at each home meet and usually two at each away meet. The stroke and turn judges must have participated in a stroke and turn clinic, or have previous experience.  Experience needed: none!  All training is provided!

Team Parent

Team parents monitor swimmers in the team areas, give them their events (usually by writing them on the swimmer’s hand), assist swimmers in getting ready for events, and bring them to the ready bench as their events are called by the announcer. Team parents are assigned to girls and boys in the 6 and under, 7-8, and 9-10 age groups. This is a good job for families who need to be available for their other children. There is a Team Parent meeting prior to the first meet each season to explain responsibilities in greater detail. Experience needed: none!

Volunteer Check In Supports the Volunteer Coordinator at meets by checking in Arden Park Dolphins volunteers.  This volunteer will need to arrive early to meets (at 6:45 a.m.) to check in volunteers and distribute name tags.  This shift is typically completed by the start of the meet.  This is a great job for families who would like to be available for their other small children during the meet.  Experience needed: none!